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Archive of the posts written by author: Ron Letnes.
Jan
15

DEMOCRACY UNDER THE GUN

Hoards of armed citizens, Proud Boys, Boogaloo Bois invade and position within and outside state capitols to protest a “stolen election.” Even though over 60 federal judges and the Supreme Court have validated what many are calling the “most secure election in our…

Jan
8

GUN ACTION FORWARD

Action on gun violence prevention (GVP) has been slow. Senator Warren Limmer (Republican), is dim on any action this legislative session, or ever. His stonewalling is often effective. Yet, during our weekly Wednesday ENGAGE: Connecting the Dots salon, GUN ACTION FORWARD was discussed.…

Dec
23

INIQUITY REDEMPTION

Why is Christmas? Because we the people need help. Sin is rampant. Violence is rampant. Gun violence is rampant. INIQUITY combines all three. We need change. Christmas is the reminder that change has come in Jesus’ birth. There is new life in Christ.…

Nov
30

BEYOND THE BANALITY OF GUN VIOLENCE

GUN VIOLENCE IS NORMALIZED. It is accepted as the normal price of Constitutional-American life. Normal is banal. Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “banality of evil” in describing the Third Reich and Adolf Eichmann in particular. To paraphrase her description, “The greatest evils in…

Nov
10

FORWARD!

Given the near silence in the election cycle addressing gun violence prevention, one can wonder which way forward? Where is hope for moving forward? Hope is inextricably linked with forward. We can rest in Paul’s profession in Romans 5, “Hope does not disappoint!”…

Oct
20

GUNS AND NEURAL CIRCUITRY

DISFUNCTIONAL UNION describes guns and neural circuitry. Like a marriage destined to disunion, yet wed by common neurosis. Author R. Douglas Fields writes in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, “Trump’s strategy does not target the neural circuitry of reason in the cerebral cortex. In the 2016…

Oct
3

ELECTION GUN SAFETY LETTER

Dear Faith Leader, We represent the Leadership Council of Protect Minnesota’s Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety, and we are writing to invoke your partnership in the critical calling of gun violence prevention as we approach an historic election. As you are well aware,…

Sep
14

CHRISTIANITY MEANS POLITICS MATTERS

CHRISTIANITY MEANS POLITICS MATTERS. God does not will people to kill people. As people of faith, we are called to give witness to God’s will for life. God wills that all of us have life “abundantly”. Deuteronomy 30:19 reads “Choose life so that…

Sep
6

VIOLENT IDEOLOGICAL VALUES LEAD TO GUN VIOLENCE

DO VIOLENT IDEOLOGICAL VALUES LEAD TO GUN VIOLENCE? Here are four quotes that present violent values. Some are personal and some are political in nature. In both ways, I submit they light the matches for violence, and too often gun violence. “You never…

Aug
31

THE BIG PICTURE

THE BIG PICTURE of gun violence prevention (GVP) reveals many causal images demanding response. It is right to pass respectful gun safety laws because rightly focused laws save lives while respecting one’s legitimate right to purchase a weapon. Yet, we cannot stop with…

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